Some of the biggest stars from the football world will be facing off on grass with Drenthe roots during the World Cup.
By Jelte Stol / Translation by Traci White
Queens Grass, a company from the Drenthe town of Drouwen, provided the turf for the Zenit stadium in St. Petersburg. The stadium is one of the World Cup venues and will host one of the six semi-final matches, among others.
Anyone who has driven along the N34 through Drenthe will have passed by a number of vast fields that resemble a massive billiard piece of billiard cloth. RTV Drenthe says that this area, surrounded by woods, where Queens Grass grows more than 250 contiguous hectares of grass nurseries. The company’s turf is exported across Europe, from England to Siberia.
The turf in the Zenit stadium was provided by Queens Grass, but it did not actually come from the grassy fields of Drenthe. The company has been providing turf for the stadium for some time and has a branch of their business in the Russian harbour city of St. Petersburg with a grass nursery.
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